Inclusive Growth Bulletin - Issue 36 - November 2014
  Issue 36 - November 2014  

Inclusive Growth Bulletin

Welcome to the Thirty-sixth Inclusive Growth Bulletin covering South-South Learning on innovative poverty reduction strategies. The November 2014 issue launches new publications on Social Protection Systems in Latin America, the direct and indirect effects of cash transfer programmes on entrepreneurship, as well as translated versions of papers of Brazilian policies concerning food security and the impact of the Bolsa Familia Programme (BFP). There are also news and updates on the IPC-IG's South-South Learning activities and a new video on implementing cash transfer programmes in developing countries.


Technical Paper


The Technical Paper "Structured Demand and Smallholder Farmers in Brazil: the Case of PAA and PNAE" has now been translated into three different languages. The paper on Brazilian policies that strengthen food security for vulnerable populations and increase access to markets for small-holder farmers, also includes a discussion on recent changes to the procurement of Brazil's school feeding programme. It is available in Portuguese, Spanish and French.



Argentina and Ecuador are this month's featured countries in the series of One Pagers aimed at disseminating knowledge on the current status of social protection systems in Latin American and Caribbean countries, and discussing their main challenges in terms of realizing the economic and social rights of the population and achieving key development goals, such as combating poverty and hunger. The series is a joint initiative of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the IPC-IG. The full versions of the studies are available on ECLAC's Social Protection Systems in Latin America and the Caribbean webpage.

Argentina (English. Spanish) and Ecuador (English. Spanish).

The Working Paper "Liquidity Constraints, Informal Financing, and Entrepreneurship: Direct and Indirect Effects of a Cash Transfer Programmes" by Rafael P. Ribas (University of Amsterdam), investigates the importance of credit constraints and informal financial assistance in explaining entrepreneurship among poor households in Brazil. Entrepreneurship is not usually an intended outcome of conditional cash transfer CCT programmes. The paper finds out that transfers, on one hand, might reduce participation of workers in the formal sector and on the other hand, encourage the creation of new businesses in poor villages, mostly in the service sector. A One Pager version, "How Cash Transfers Create Businesses?", is also available.


There are also Portuguese, Arabic, French and Spanish versions of two One Pagers:

"Programa Bolsa Família and the Recent Decline in Regional Income Inequality in Brazil", by Raul da Mota Silveira Neto (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco) and Carlos Roberto Azzoni (Universidade de São Paulo). Arabic. French. Portuguese. Spanish.

"From Bolsa Família to Brasil Sem Miséria: a Summary of Brazil's Recent Journey towards Overcoming Extreme Poverty", by Luis Henrique Paiva, Tiago Falcão and Letícia Bartholo , (Ministry of Development and Fight against Hunger, Brazil). Arabic. French. Portuguese. Spanish.

See full list of publications here

South-South Dialogue


International Seminar

The first International Seminar WWP - A World Without Poverty - will take place on 18-19 November, in Brasilia. In addition to encouraging discussion about overcoming poverty, the Seminar will discuss models of management and coordination of social policies and strategies for inclusive development. The Seminar is organized by the Brazilian Learning Initiative for a World Without Poverty (WWP), a partnership between the World Bank, the Ministry of Social Development and Fight against Hunger of Brazil (MDS), the Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea), and the IPC-IG, and is also supported by the Secretariat of Strategic Affairs of the Presidency of the Republic (SAE/PR) and the RIO+ Centre. The Seminar will be livestreamed.


National Evaluation Capacities

On 3-4 November, officials from the Brazilian government and international organisations, IBGE, experts in statistics and M&E, representatives from Official Statistics Institutions in developing countries and participants of the third edition of the National Evaluation Capacities (NEC) participated in the discussions of "The role of administrative records and complex surveys in the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of public policies" seminar, that took place in Rio de Janeiro. The seminar was organized by the IPC-IG, together with the UNDP Independent Evaluation Office (IEO), the World Without Poverty (WWP) – Brazil Learning Initiative, the Brazilian Ministry of Social Development and Fight Against Hunger (MDS) and the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE). Pictures are available here and here. More information on the seminar will be featured on next month's bulletin.

In November, the NEC Community Teamworks space will launch a new e-discussion on 'How to incorporate gender capacities/perspectives in Monitoring and Evaluation of National Systems'. We invite you to join and contribute to the discussions on the NEC website!

MENA Conference

IPC-IG researchers Fabio Veras, Laeticia Souza and Dimitri Silva, along with UNICEF Yemen's Buthaina Al-Iryani will participate in the 2nd Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Social Policy Network Conference "Social Policy in the Middle East and North Africa: Challenges and Opportunities", that will take place in Bath, United Kingdom on 20-21 November. They will present the final report of the Yemen National Social Protection Monitoring Survey. The survey's final documents, results and data are expected to be available for download by the end of the year.




Implementing Cash Transfer Programmes in Developing Countries

The IPC-IG's series of videos on the recent innovations in social protection policies in Latin America presents Luís Henrique Paiva, National Secretary for Citizenship Income of the Ministry of Social Development (MDS) in Brazil. He talks about the effectiveness and feasibility of implementing conditional cash transfer programmes in developing countries.